About a month ago, I changed my weight ticker. I changed from a biker to a swimmer. The background that I liked has rocks bottom left in the image. My poor swimmer was still in the rocks when I made the change.
I didn't like that, and about changed the image. Then I realized how close he was to coming out of the rocks. "Light Bulb". Yep, at that point it became a challenge to free my little virtual swimmer from the rocks.
I can't remember exactly how long ago I made the change, but my swimmer is officially out of the rocks as of this morning. I also have a more significant accomplishment to blog about.
This week I broke the 50 pounds lost marker. Yep, I've lost 50 pounds since January 2012. That is so fun to write!!! You know, I think I'll write it again. I've lost 50 pounds.
That's not the biggest reward for the last year plus. The list is too long to compile here, but I'll hit a few of the biggies.
My energy level is WAY up! It's a lot harder to measure than pounds on a scale, but my energy levels have increased more than 50 pounds.
I'm enjoying life more. Life is still just as stressful, if not more, than it was a little over a year ago. My attitude has improved significantly though. A lot of this comes from the increased energy and confidence. Now it's like, I lost 50 pounds, I can do this too!
Here's another one that's easier to measure. My waist is 6" smaller. Yep, 6 full inches. Here's the kicker. I'm wearing pants that are 4" smaller. I REALLY didn't want to go buy pants that fit before! So I was wearing pants that were way to small. Pants that fit makes sitting a lot more comfortable. Since I sit all day for my job, that's big. I had to buy new belts the other day. That was actually fun.
My fitness level has increased an amazing amount. I went from full blown couch potato to running Half Marathons, doing triathlons, skiing, hiking, and the biggie, training for a Half Ironman Triathlon. I can currently bike 30 miles pretty easy. I'm running a Half Marathon in a week, and I'm ready. I also swim 1.25 miles in the pool at least once a week. My pace running is getting faster, speed on the bike is getting faster, ...
So why all the rambling about the swimmer in the rocks? A year ago, I sat back and looked at the big ticker of my life. I realized, like a lot of us have, that I was banging my knuckles on the rocks. Life has a tendency to lure us into the rocks because it's so easy to get there. It takes hard work and commitment to correct the issues that got us in the rocks, but swimming out of the rocks of life is AWESOME!
Thanks SparkPeople, and the many people who have supported me this far. Also, thanks in advance for the support I know is yet to come!